Occupational Therapist -Per Diem

PACE Program - LIFEWAYS San Francisco, California


You may think “old” when you think of Institute on Aging ("IOA") because we offer services for elders and are a 40+ year institute…. but you wouldn’t be more wrong. While we do have a long-standing history in the California, IOA is on the forefront of revolutionary healthcare models, reshaping the way people can age in place. Our innovative models transform lives, enhance communities, and save healthcare systems millions of dollars. Rather than focusing on archaic outdated design, we strive to consistently question the “status-quo” and create new and more innovative ways to help aging adults maintain their quality of life. With over 23 programs, we offer multiple ways to aid seniors maintain their health, well-being, independence and participation in the community, fulfilling our mission.

The Lifeways-PACE Department is seeking a Per diem Occupational Therapist to join its team in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond neighborhood.  Reporting to the Senior Director, Lifeways-PACE, the Per diem Occupational Therapist provides and supervises occupational therapy treatment for PACE participants. 

On Lok Lifeways pioneered the model of care known as "Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly" or PACE. Institute on Aging operates a PACE Center in the Richmond District of San Francisco. PACE allows seniors who are ill or disabled to live in their own home, whether home is a family residence, apartment, retirement village or hotel room.

IOA’s PACE Center is seeking a Per diem Occupational Therapist for our San Francisco location who will provide and supervise occupational therapy treatment for participants.  Additional key duties and responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

  • Evaluating the functional capabilities of all new participants on the functional evaluation form; making regular progress notes; reevaluating all participants as necessary and records the reevaluations
  • Establishing realistic treatment goals and sets up treatment plans for participants needing occupational therapy, including participants requiring swallowing assessment and treatment. Refers to other disciplines as indicated 
  • Instructing and supervising the OT assistant or rehab aide in carrying out regular treatments
  • Instructing participant's relatives and attendants in relevant methods of care and treatment when necessary
  • Acting as a consultant and advisor to staff, advising on transportation, transfer techniques and relevant methods of occupational therapy treatment
  • Participating regularly with Intake and Assessment Team
  • Keeping written records of rehabilitation equipment used at center and assumes responsibility for loaned equipment; sees that equipment is always in good condition
  • In conjunction with Senior Director, Rehab Supervisor, Nurse and Physical Therapist, plans for and orders new equipment needed in the Center or the participant's home
  • In conjunction with the physical therapist, is responsible for ordering, maintaining and name-labeling participants’ mobility aids and other devices
  • Performing occupational therapy evaluations and treatments in the day center, at clients’ homes, and in contracted facilities as needed
  • Providing evening and weekend on-call coverage on a rotational basis
  • Fulfilling all administrative requirements, including keeping statistical records using computerized system, participant records, reports, attendance at staff meetings, etc.
  • Actively participating in and encouraging actions that promote good public relations with participants, their families and friends, visitors and the community
  • Performing all other reasonably related jobs as assigned



  • Graduate of an accredited occupational therapy training program
  • Holder of current license from the California Board of Occupational Therapy
  • Minimum of 1 year experience working with the elderly
  • Ability to comprehend complex written materials and verbal instructions
  • Interest, ability and experience working with frail seniors in a multilingual and multicultural environment
  • Ability to work within an interdisciplinary team
  • Ability to communicate and speak clearly in English
  • Demonstrated flexibility, initiative, imagination and resourcefulness competencies



  • Membership in Occupational Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Association
  • State certification in swallowing evaluation and treatment and in physical agent modalities
  • Membership in Occupational Therapy Association of California and American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Current re-certification by National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
  • Excellent computer literacy
  • Bilingual language proficiency (Spanish or Chinese)
  • EPIC electronic medical records experience highly preferred



  • Ability to lift, transfer, push/pull, maneuver and re-position 35 lbs.
  • Ability to reach, bend and walk

We encourage you to learn more about IOA by logging onto www.ioaging.org

IOA reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required.

Institute on Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Institute on Aging is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive work environment and providing equal opportunities to all employees and job applicants without regard to age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neuro-diversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records